Spiffy’s New Year’s Day 2021 show on Gorean Whip Radio

This show was broadcast from 12pm SLT on the 1st January 2021, at the WHIP Club House in Second Life. I’d considered doing this show in the early AM, but logistics plus a likely lower listening audience ruled that out.

Part of the playlist was recycled from the one I did for New Year’s Day 2020 because I feel they’re good songs that symbolize a new beginning. ๐Ÿ™‚

The first track is a poem that I first discovered several decades ago, and have kept as a text file across multiple computers since then. It was originally written by Mike Agranoff, and I found the audio version on SoundCloud. It is very much a New Year’s Eve song, but works just as well on the following day in my opinion.

The final song, ‘Imagine‘ by John Lennon, is my go-to song for optimism, and one I’ve played whenever I want to convey hope for the future.

And yes, I sneaked in some classical music. ๐Ÿ˜€ I find ‘The Blue Danube‘ both uplifting and relaxing.

Tracklisting

Ballad Of The Sandman โ€” Dan Teigen
Morning Has Broken โ€” Cat Stevens
Feeling Good โ€” Nina Simone
Here Comes the Sun โ€” The Beatles

Mr. Blue Sky โ€” ELO
Rip It Up โ€” Orange Juice
Pick Yourself Up โ€” Debbie Reynolds
Start Me Up โ€” The Rolling Stones
Adventures In Success โ€” Will Powers

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ โ€” Michael Jackson
Things Can Only Get Better โ€” D:Ream
Love Train โ€” The O’Jays
As (Duet with Mary J. Blige) โ€” George Michael & Mary J. Blige
Higher Ground โ€” Stevie Wonder

Happy New Year โ€” ABBA
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) โ€” Kelly Clarkson
Fight Song โ€” Rachel Platten
The Power of Love โ€” Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Rainbow โ€” Sia

The Blue Danube โ€” The Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
Imagine โ€” John Lennon

#SecondLifeChallenge โ€” My Seven Second Life Facts

I bookmarked this post by Strawberry Singh from 2017 โ€” before her joining Linden Lab and becoming Strawberry Linden โ€” ages ago, but never got around to doing anything about it due to… does the ‘all this’ gesture with their hands.

So, as part of my promise to myself to actually blog here regularly in 2021, here are my seven SL facts about myself:

  1. I have always had a female, or slightly female, avatar ever since I joined Second Life nearly six years ago. The thought of changing to a male appearance has never crossed my mind, and frankly I think I’d be very uncomfortable if I did, even more so than if I ever changed back to a more human appearance.
  2. I’ve owned three different types of Linden Home at various points over the years. The first two were the old style, 512 square metre homes โ€” I forget the names, I’d need to look them up on the Second Life website. I do have a soft spot for my current Linden Houseboat in Belissaria, as it has given me the opportunity to try sailing. (With mixed results, but I’m hoping that the completion of Linden Lab’s moving of all SL regions to the Cloud might improve my sailing record.) I’ve not looked at any of the newer Linden Homes, and am not tempted to switch locations.
  3. Music, both played by DJs and performed by musicians and singers in Second Life, is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in Second Life. As someone who is intensely introverted in real life, being able to listen to and enjoy music together with others in a virtual space is incredible!
  4. Related to the point above, becoming a DJ in Second Life, and then a radio DJ on Gorean Whip Radio, allowed me to overcome more of my introversion, while also giving me a chance to share myself through the music that I love. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. I am constantly tweaking my appearance in Second Life, though often in ways that might not be immediately obvious. Part of that has been driven by the evolution of my persona in-world, but I’m also analysing other aspects like the number and weight of scripts I’m carrying on me and the complexity and load times for my avatar. Any opportunity I can find to reduce my script count and complexity is grabbed with both hands!
  6. The colour pink plays a big part in my Second Life. My hair, my clothes, even my furniture! The exact tone varies, and I have been known to turn up in multiple shades. ๐Ÿ˜€ But there is a method to my apparent madness โ€” it has probably saved me a lot of money by deterring me from buying stuff that either isn’t pink or can’t be coloured pink. (Oh, and my Firestorm viewer is pink too.)
  7. My biggest peeves in Second Life? Definitely gachas, particularly when they contain an outfit I like. Followed by performance lag, and anyone whose avatar is so ridiculously complex that my Firestorm viewer refuses to render them at all.

So, that’s my seven โ€” if you want to have a go, be sure to link to Strawberry’s original post, so she knows about it, and use the #SecondLifeChallenge tag if you’re doing this on the socials. ๐Ÿ™‚

2020 State Of The Alien

I’ve already posted a review of my real-world situation over the past year, so I won’t repeat myself here. This is going to focus on what I’ve been up to in Second Life and on Gorean Whip Radio.

Overall, this year has been… okay. While I did achieve a lot in terms of DJ sets and broadcasting, I’m acutely aware that my output has been reduced due to anxiety and depression, which resulted in my skipping shows and not applying for some events.

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Christmas Eve 2020 Spiff-tacular!

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Okay, making a note here, next time stop at three hours, or else do it in the AM on Christmas Day. I didn’t log out of Second Life until after midnight UK time, and didn’t get to sleep until nearly 1am! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

But on the plus side, I had a load of fun putting this show together, with a little help from Apple Music. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pulled together soul, jazz and reggae covers of various Christmas songs and carols, plus some of my favourite songs of the season. And yes, a couple of songs get repeated in different versions. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m now taking a break from DJ-ing and radio until the New Year. Hope you’re all staying safe out there!

Tracklisting

Festive Voice-bed: Dubstep Christmas Robot โ€” Jaywalker Jack

O Come, O Come Emmanuel โ€” Enya
Purple Snowflakes โ€” Marvin Gaye
Walking In the Air (Duet) โ€” Aled Jones
Jah Rasta Claus Aka Christmas Time โ€” Cosmo
Good King Wenceslas โ€” Mel Tormรฉ
Mull of Kintyre โ€” Wings

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) โ€” John Holt
Back Door Santa โ€” Clarence Carter
King Tubby’s Snow Dub โ€” Roots Radics Meet Scientist And King Tubby
Ecce Novum โ€” Ola Gjeilo, The Choir of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble
O Christmas Tree โ€” GIVฤ’ON
Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul โ€” Soul Saints Orchestra
In the Bleak Midwinter โ€” James Blake

I Want To Come Home For Christmas โ€” Marvin Gaye
White Christmas โ€” Bing Crosby, Pentatonix & London Symphony Orchestra
The Twelve Days of Christmas โ€” Peter Broggs
Simple Gifts โ€” Alexis Ffrench
We Wish You A Merry Christmas โ€” Victoria Monรฉt
Deck the Halls โ€” Herbie Hancock
Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika โ€” Paavo Jรคrvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

O Tannenbaum โ€” Vince Guaraldi Trio
In dulci jubilo โ€” Mike Oldfield
Just Another Christmas Song (This Time I’ll Sing Along) โ€” Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
This Christmas โ€” Donny Hathaway
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus โ€” Johnny Clarke
Ave Maria โ€” Jax Jones
Rich Man for Christmas โ€” Lady Saw
Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen โ€” London Brass

My Favorite Things โ€” Tony Bennett
Christmas Will Really Be Christmas โ€” Lou Rawls
Frosty the Snowman โ€” The Mighty Diamonds
Little Saint Nick โ€” The Beach Boys
All I Want for Christmas โ€” Bria Skonberg
Wonderful Christmastime โ€” Paul McCartney
Winter Wonderland โ€” Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Happy Christmas (feat. Toots and the Maytals) โ€” Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

Santa Baby โ€” Eartha Kitt
Wish You a Merry Christmas / Ahameric Temple โ€” Jacob Miller
Last Christmas โ€” Joy Crookes
The Nutcracker Suite โ€” Les Brown & His Band of Renown
The 12 Days of Christmas โ€” Straight No Chaser

O Holy Night โ€” Mickey Guyton
Jingle Bells โ€” Ella Fitzgerald
Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas โ€” The Staple Singers
Stop the Cavalry โ€” Jona Lewie
Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto โ€” James Brown
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year โ€” Andy Williams
Portsmouth โ€” Mike Oldfield
Cool Yule (feat. The Commanders) โ€” Louis Armstrong

What Christmas Means to Me โ€” Stevie Wonder
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) โ€” Nat โ€œKingโ€ Cole
All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) โ€” Spike Jone & His City Slickers
A Christmas Carol โ€” Tom Lehrer
Winter Wonderland โ€” Macy Gray
Baby It’s Cold Outside โ€” Ella Fitzgerald
Fairytale of New York โ€” The Pogues

Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve 1968 Message โ€” Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders
I Believe in Father Christmas โ€” Greg Lake

Spiffy’s Pre-Christmas Warm-up… OF DOOM!

Sadly, I didn’t get much interest in-world in Second Life, but I had fun, nonetheless, and as long as I’m amused, that’s what counts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Many tracks by the H.P Lovecraft Historical Society in this show. Oh, and Cliff Richard, possibly even more scary than the Elder Gods! ๐Ÿ˜›

The final song comes from the (in)famous album Christmas In The Stars, which I will probably play in full next year… ๐Ÿ˜€

Tracklisting

Ghetto Santa โ€” Spyder-D
All I Want For Solstice Is My Sanity โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Last Christmas โ€” Crazy Frog
White Christmas (Dubstep Remix) โ€” Iggy Pop
Chillin’ With Santa โ€” Derek B
Have a Cheeky Christmas โ€” The Cheeky Girls

Awake Ye Scary Great Olde Ones โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Walking In the Air โ€” Nightwish
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (feat. Rick Wakeman) โ€” William Shatner
Jingle Balls โ€” Korn
When Was Jesus Born? โ€” Lil Gee
Dominic the Donkey โ€” Tainted Flavor
Away in a madhouse โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society

Something That Santa Claus Left Behind โ€” Peter Cetera
Do You Fear What I Fear โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
O’ Holy Night (Erik Cartman) โ€” The Humorist
Santa Claus (Has Got the Aids This Year) โ€” Tiny Tim
Deck the Halls – Dubstep remix
Dana Dane Is Coming to Town โ€” Dana Dane
Fishmen โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society

Freddy the red brained Mi-Go โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Christmas Wrapping โ€” Spice Girls
Carol of the Turrets โ€” Harry Callaghan
Oh Come All Ye Faithful โ€” Twisted Sister
Shake Up Christmas โ€” Train
I saw mommy kissing Yog-Sothoth โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society

Leroy the Redneck Reindeer โ€” Joe Diffie
Jamaican Drummer Boy โ€” Shaggy
If I were a Deep One โ€” H.P Lovecraft Historical Society
Mistletoe & Wine โ€” Cliff Richard
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree โ€” Mel Smith & Kim Wilde

A Christmas Sighting [‘Twas the Night Before Christmas] โ€” Meco (feat. R2-D2 & Anthony Daniels)

Spiffy’s Pre-Christmas Warm-Up on Gorean Whip Radio โ€” today at 12pm SLT!

This is a friendly reminder that I’ll be doing a special show today, from Whip HQ in Second Life. I’ve dug out some of the weirdest and/or most cringe-worthy Christmas-related songs I could find. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re logged into Second Life you can join me here, otherwise tune in to Gorean Whip Radio by plugging the stream URL into your browser!

I will post the show recording and track-list here within next day or so. ๐Ÿ™‚

Closing In On The End Of 2020…

Hey everyone, sorry for being so quiet here. Truth be told, I had to step back from Second Life and DJing for most of November to focus on my real-world health, both physical and mental.

I’ve made some changes to old ingrained habits, and as a result I’m feeling rested and more energized for the first time in ages! That has taken some getting used to.

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Opening Ceremony @ SL Sci-Fi Expo

That was a blast, literally! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only one of the biggest audiences I’ve had for one of my Gorean Whip Radio shows, but also one of the biggest audiences I’ve had in-world too. Of course, the flip-side of that was lag, and lots of it, to the point where I had to switch away from Firestorm to get my streamer controls to respond! But I soldiered through, and had a load of fun riffing off the crowd in front of me.

Benjamin Brougham, the organizer and lead for the Sci-Fi Expo, provided me with a list of songs he wanted to be played during the ceremony, plus a prepared speech to broadcast. (We’d discussed the possibility of doing that live over Discord, but given that I knew it would be laggy I suggested that he pre-record instead.) I filled around that playlist with my selection of themes from TV shows and films. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wasn’t expecting to have such a nice DJ booth, nor have a light-show to accompany it. Thanks to the Sci-Fi Expo team for arranging that. ๐Ÿ™‚

And this evening they dropped a new promo video for the event, which features the audio of the audio promo I created earlier this week for Gorean Whip Radio. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, that’s my voice! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tracklisting:

  • The Clangers – Intro โ€” Smallfilms
  • Extended Intro (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) โ€” DJ Spitfire
  • Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: I. Prelude (Sonnenaufgang) โ€” Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan
  • Star Wars Main Theme โ€” John Williams
  • Space Walk โ€” Silent Partner
  • Fun โ€” Selena Gomez
  • Wonder โ€” Shawn Mendes
  • Soon You’ll Get Better (feat. Dixie Chicks) โ€” Taylor Swift
  • The Final Countdown โ€” Europe
  • 2020 SL SciFi Expo – Opening Speech โ€” Benjamin Brougham
  • JUST STAND UP! โ€” Artists Stand Up to Cancer
  • Buck Rogers In the 25th Century โ€” The Daniel Caine Orchestra
  • Battlestar Galactica Theme โ€” Stu Phillips & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • I Am the Doctor โ€” Murray Gold
  • Doctor Who – Clean Tom Baker Opening (1974) โ€” BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • End Credits (from ‘Star Trek’) โ€” Jay Chattaway
  • Outro music (from ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’) โ€” DJ Spitfire

2020 SL Sci-Fi Expo Starts Today :)

I’ve been a very busy alien the last few days! The 2020 Sci-Fi Expo is happening from the 14th to the 28th October, and Gorean Whip Radio is the official station for the event. In previous years it has been help around November / December time, so I was caught off-guard when Irish Breen informed me that it was happening this month! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

This year they’re raising money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

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